Sparring a Professional Fighter with 400 Fights!

April 16, 2023 by VAHVA Fitness

A vlog featuring training, lifestyle and several sparring sessions - one with a professional Muay Thai fighter who has had 350 Muay Thai fights and 50 boxing fights!

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As you may have noticed, martial arts and fighting is another passion we like to do in addition to health, fitness and movement.

We have been training martial arts since we were teenagers but only recently started to take actual combat sports and fighting more seriously. 

We do a lot of boxing, Muya Thai, wrestling and grappling in addition to the traditional martial arts such as Karate and Kung Fu. We also have background in many other martial arts.

In the session that is featured in the video, we sparred with several professional Muya Thai fighters. One of them has had over 400 fights. I believe he has at least 100 professional Muya Thai fights in his official record. 

In other words, the guy is a legit beast with an incredible amount of experience in fighting where almost everything is allowed standing up: punching, back fists, elbows, knees, kicking, clinching and throws.

In traditional martial arts, many fake masters like to mistakenly think the "rulesets are limiting themselves so much that they can't fight." or that "It would not be safe for the opponent."

In reality this is just ego and BS. 

Even without eye pokes, groin strikes and pressure points (that are obviously brutal and effective), you can still showcase 95% of your talents as a martial artist in the professional arena.

If your entire game relies on these special techniques, then you are not a good martial artist to begin with. Most likely, you will not be able to use these against a better opponent anyway. 

Eye gouging and fish hooking will never work against a good wrestler or a grappler who knows what he is doing. The same goes with striking arts. 

The special techniques only work when you are already a master of the basics. And let's not forget that the opponent can use the same dirty tricks against you...

In MMA, you are only wearing 4 oz gloves and your palm, side of your hand and fingers are not covered. There are plenty of techniques and fists you can do.

In professional fights, you can use as much force as you want to. You can hit the opponent as hard as you humanly can using any part of your body. You can even kill a man and get away with it.

When considering all of this, professional fighting in sports such as MMA, Muya Thai or Lethwei is the best proof of competence for determining who is the real deal.

Of course, self-defense is a lot different from fighting and being a martial artist because it's more about situational awareness, risk assessment and lethal tools than actual fighting.

There is really no excuse such as "I would fight in MMA but my techniques or style is too dangerous". 

Bear in mind, K1 Kickboxing is not even a sport, it's a ruleset. MMA is also more a ruleset than a style. You can enter these rulesets with any background and any style.

You can become a professional fighter today as long as you are ready to fight someone who also considers himself to be worthy to be called a professional fighter. If you think you are the real deal, the arena is always there waiting for you to demonstrate your skills.

At this point, we know a lot about fighting, self-defence and martial arts in general but we are still in the beginning of our MMA journey. Perfecting our strength training methods have always been the priority which will also be our greatest advantage.

People like to compare everyone to the cream of the cream but it's easy to forget that The Top 15 in the different divisions of UFC are literally the best fighters in the world. The top 1% of 1% of 1%. Literally, the top 15 best in the world.

In reality, professional fighting varies a lot from different levels to different organizations. The top of UFC has a lot of the best wrestlers, grapplers and strikers in the world. In smaller organizations, the skill level is a lot lower and the fights barely look the same.

Even professional boxing changes a lot from level to level. Carl Froch, a former world champion boxer said "it's like a different sport" to be in the top 10 of the world versus being a national champion as a professional fighter.

Ultimately, it all depends on who you want to be. Not every martial artist needs to be a professional fighter.

In the end it's all about humility. 

Do not think you are a top level fighter if you have not tested yourself in professional fights or have gone through the hell it takes to become a professional fighter. You can be a good martial artist with useful knowledge but not a real fighter.

Stay strong.


samuli jyrkinen

About the author 

Samuli Jyrkinen

Samuli is the ninja behind the scenes (photography, videography, websites, program platforms and more). He has been training religiously for over a decade and has a firm grasp of physical and mental fitness. You will find our story here.

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